TAREE Old Bar Surf Club's patrolling members continued their service to the public at Old Bar last Saturday and Sunday with many community members enjoying the beach.
The clubhouse was open on Sunday morning for prospective members to register their interest in joining, along with club members renewing their membership. Activities were organised for the younger members.
It is pleasing to see community members also offering financial and professional help to the club.
At the conclusion of the morning training certificates and medallions were presented to those members who gained their bronze medallion, spinal management and senior first aid awards last season.
The morning concluded with a club barbecue.
Patrols will be maintained over the long weekend.
Details can also be found on the website. www.tareeoldbarsurf club.com.au
Weekend of surf at Forster
The Professionals Weekend of Surf is bringing lifesavers to Forster Main beach this weekend for the 18th year.
The weekend kicks off with social interaction on Friday from 5pm at the surf club with Saturday seeing the Ironman racing at midday followed by the 8km ski race starting about 1.30pm.
On Sunday our program commences with the iconic march past event at 8.30am and then runs into all the usual water events swim, board, ski and mixed ironperson relay in age categories from under 9 to masters in the over 60 age group.
"We are expecting good numbers with Cooks Hill 55 competitors and Soldiers Beach entering over 30 competitors,'' a club spokesman indicated.
"Overall we envisage approximately 180 competing in the ironman event on Saturday and Sunday dependent on the weather with late entries possibly in excess of 340 competitors. The amazing thing is the variety of clubs competing with as many as 40 clubs from Wollongong to Coffs Harbour making the trek to Main Beach.''
Last year in a classic battle all weekend. Cooks Hill came home in first position on 335 points with Central Coast club Shelley Beach in second position. Mid North Coast club Tacking Point finished third.
The Professionals from Forster-Tuncurry will be the major carnival sponsor for the sixth year.
"It is fantastic to support Forster SLSC in its endeavours to meet its commitments to patrolling our beaches and that this carnival also provides a significant economic stimulus to the area,'' Richard Crowther from The Professionals said.
" The carnival is always well run and the attitude of competitors, officials and spectators is to be applauded.
"Surf Lifesaving in general provides positive outcomes for member development and meeting the community's needs and is something that the Professionals Forster Tuncurry highly value.
"We welcome all competitors and visitors to our competition and especially in advance thank our carnival officials led by Bernadette Nicholson from Black Head for without our band of officials the event would not occur.''
For Forster members much help is required to conduct the event so see Brian Wilcox work party, Laura Thurtell water safety there is a job for everyone.
Contact Beth Lee on 6555 2227 for details about entries.
Details can also be found on the website at www.forsterslsc.com
PROFICIENCY day will be on Saturday, October 12 from 9am.
Details can also be found on the website. bhslsc.midcoast.com.au
Weekly surf safety tip
General beach safety
o Always swim at a patrolled beach, between the red and yellow flags
o If you require assistance, stay calm, float and raise your arm to attract attention
o Observe safety signs
o Never enter the water if you have been drinking alcohol or are under the influence of drugs
o Slip, slop, slap
o Seek shade and keep hydrated